Shooting trial to begin Monday

CNJ Staff

The jury trial for a Clovis bail bondsman accused of shooting a bail jumper in the back a year ago is scheduled to begin Monday, according to court records.

Henry “Hank” Bayless, 64, is accused of shooting Javier Sanchez on Sept. 20, 2005, while trying to take him into custody for failing to appear at a court hearing.
Sanchez, 34, received a non-life-threatening wound in his lower back, according to police records.

Bayless and two other bondsmen entered an apartment in the 300 block of Gayland Drive seeking Sanchez so they could revoke his bond, police reports said.
Bayless said he shot Sanchez during a struggle because he was attacking Christina Snell, his partner at Hank’s Bail Bonds.

Snell also suffered a gunshot wound in the leg; Bayless is not charged with shooting her.

Sanchez’s family members claim Bayless forced his way into the apartment and shot Sanchez while he was fleeing.

Charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and breaking and entering, Bayless faces more than six years imprisonment and $15,000 in fines if convicted, according to prosecutors.

Pending motions and a trailing docket schedule could delay the start of testimony Monday in the five-day trial, court officials said.